Today is day 7 of taking Effexor XR 37.5mg... After I take it, I feel like everything is heightened as far as feeling anxious and emotional. I cry at the drop of a hat. Tomorrow I start 75mg and I'm scared of what it will do. Everyone who has tried Effexor has told me I have to give it time. I am aware of withdrawals when tapering. I'm 30 and my anxiety and depression have come back with a vengeance after being under control for so long with Celexa until it wore off. I went in and asked the Dr. about taking Effexor or Lexapro and she said Lexapro was about the same as Celexa so I chose Effexor. I am trying to give it time but at this point I feel I don't know if I will ever adjust. It also gives me a brain fog. I have tried just about everything before Celexa. She wrote me 2mg of Valium 2x day, which I don't take all of that. Just as needed. I just want to know how you all felt on Effexor starting out and will it get better?
Lexapro is an SSRI and Effexor is a SNRI. So she has switched you into another class of antidepressants. With most antidepressants you have to give it time to work. I understand the frustration when you have tried just about everything. Others have reported that it works well for anxiety and depression once they get past the side effects. Everyone is different. Try to give it a couple more weeks if you can.
I hope it works for you :)
Hey there I feel your pain. I was on Effexor xr before and went off of it Bc I was doing better. But then experienced more anxiety /depression so now I'm back on it. I was on 37.5 for a week and now 75mg for almost two weeks its getting better but i
Still get anxious especially in the morning Bc I'm not sleeping very well. I have Xanax to counter act the effects of the Effexor side effects. but I am having better days now. Like yesterday I had a good day and didn't take any Xanax. but today I was very anxious when I woke at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep. I needed to take my Xanax We have to give it time. I'm praying for you! I do feel less of a brain fog now. So hope that helps!
!T GETS BETTER!! I've been right where you are, and you will GET THROUGH THIS. It gets better, I PROMISE.
I'm 30 years old and started Effexor in February, 37.5mg. After a week I was supposed to double to 75mg, but I didn't because my adjustment symptoms were so bad.
I was dizzy, nauseous, exhausted, had no appetite, had splitting headaches, vivid nightmares, felt irritable, confused, unable to focus, and started gaining weight.
I called my doctor every few days desperately asking "is this normal?!" and he just kept saying, stick with it. Hang in there. I'd call again a week later, "I can't handle this" and he said, stick with it, hang in there. I came in for an appointment after 3 weeks in tears, and the doc said, stick with it, hang in there.
In all, my hell lasted for over 4 weeks. And then one day it was just gone. The symptoms all went away. And you know what else went away?
The panic attacks! The chest-crushing anxiety! The stabbing chest pain, the scary abdominal pain, the muscle pain, the stress headaches... the Effexor worked.
You have to get through hell to get there, but there *is* the other side waiting for you.
Withdrawal from Effexor is equally hellish - unfortunately I have to switch off of it and am on day 2 of the nightmare all over again - but IT WAS WORTH IT to be on the effexor and for the first time in my life not have panic attacks.
You WILL get through this. Here's what you need:
1) Self compassion. Give yourself a HUGE break while dealing with this. You are climbing a friggin massive mountain, your body is fighting for you, and cut yourself massive slack.
I said no to or backed out of almost every single outing/party/event that I was invited to during this time, and I had to learn not to feel the least bit guilty.
2) Support system. Friends, co-workers, family - people who you're around daily - find someone who you can just go to and curl up in a ball next to them and cry and they'll take it in total stride and just hand you some tissues. So important.
3) Make your life as easy as possible. Get your groceries delivered, buy frozen meals, get a laundry service to pick up and drop off your clothes, have a friend/family member/Amazon Prime get your toiletries or little things you need. Remove every possible chore/stressor/responsibility that you can.
4) Keep perspective. Remember why you're doing this. Remember that there's another side, and you're getting there. Zoom out and remember that this is a blip in your life experience. Maybe find good a quote to focus on - mine is "Those mountains that you are carrying, you were only meant to climb." Breathe in, breathe out, keep perspective.
Good luck darling. I've been there. You're gonna get through this.
I think I am having a similar experience to meatthemoment. My dr put me on Effexor XR 75mg almost a month ago to wean off Pristiq 50mg. For the first few weeks I had terrible side effects; extreme fatigue, increased appetite, depression, and no motivation or energy. I actually booked an appointment with my dr for today to refill my prescription, but also to wean off of it. Then over the weekend, I suddenly felt better! Even my sex drive seemed to increase, going back to what it was before starting Pristiq 2 years ago! I still feel kind of tired, but not like I was. I rebooted my appointment to go in on Thursday because I wanted to give it a little more time to see if I should actually stay on it (I need a refill even to wean off before Friday; almost all out). I know this post was a little while ago, but how did you do?
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